CHAI’s annual fundraising banquet will be taking place at Calvary Temple on May 7th, 2019. Doors will open at 6pm, supper will begin at 6:30. Tickets are $20 and can be reserved by emailing

The theme of our banquet this year is “Friendships Without Borders.”This year we have gained several new volunteers and seen over one hundred participants come through our program from all over the world. We want to celebrate the friendships that have been formed and nurtured at CHAI with you!


Our speaker this year is Michelle Lam. An experienced teacher and researcher, Michelle Lam is currently pursuing a PhD in the Department of Education at the University of Manitoba. Her doctoral research explores newcomer language learning in rural areas in Manitoba and Alberta.

Michelle has been an English as an Additional Language teacher for over ten years. She was the Director of Teacher Training and Development for Lucas Detech Institute in Vietnam (through Teach Beyond), and has been active in the field of language education and teacher development at a variety of levels both in Canada and abroad.

Michelle’s passion for equitable integration stems from her experiences living abroad and from hearing stories of discrimination and racism directed at her students. Her strong sense of social justice has led her to advocate on behalf of newcomers, believing firmly that all people are equal. With this breadth of experience, Michelle will be speaking about how the Church can help create welcoming communities for newcomers. We are excited to learn from her.


Joel Jolly is a 26 year old Cree man from Waskaganish Quebec currently serving as the Director of Worship Arts at Steinbach EMC in Steinbach Manitoba, he is passionate about worship and the way we worship in community. Aside from being a worship leader Joel loves performing music in a variety of settings with a variety of people; his most recent recording project was an album of Gospel songs with his dad Howard Jolly, and he currently plays in a band called Burne with an EP Entitled Ten Years Time which can be found on all major streaming platforms. Follow Joel on Instagram: @jolly.joel or @burneband